I just got to listen to my co-workers trash talk Trump and Trump supporters, something they do a lot and something that really irritates me.
It isn’t like I’m a die-hard Trump supporter myself. He was never my least favorite presidential candidate, but he also wasn’t my first, second, third, fourth or fifth pick either (or sixth).
My issue with the kind of blanket statements I hear hard-core liberals, moderate Democrats and sycophantic Republicans make on the subject is how hypocritically bigoted they are.
For one thing, reviling Trump supporters for being racist, sexist, homophobic, uneducated and low-class is stereotyping, pure and simple. It’s making automatically formed statements about a very large group of people. In fact, it’s making automatically formed statements about a very large group of people based on their supposed habit of making automatically formed statements about a very large group of people.
Which makes anti-Trump rhetoric more than a little hypocritical. Wouldn’t you say?
Then there’s the case of who Trump is running against. Even if he’s as vile a figure as he’s portrayed, I never hear my coworkers or their type ever say a bad word about Hillary, despite the overwhelming amount of unflattering information available about her, including how:
· She’s willing to lie, cheat and steal to grow her already immense wealth. Remember last year’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation, where tons of legally incriminating data hit the presses but no convictions were ever made? The Washington Post just reported this week that 96% of the charitable donations the Clintons made went right to their own organization, which, according to The New York Times has run multimillion-dollar deficits in the past “despite vast amounts of money flowing in.”
· There’s a long list of murders, suicides, plane crashes, car accidents and other timely deaths of individuals who were inconvenient to the Clinton dynasty. That might very well have included DNC staffer Seth Rich, who was beaten up and shot dead in a nice little D.C. suburb right before the hacked DNC emails were published.
· Hillary isn’t racist or sexist; she’s just elitist. There was nothing personal about her backing her husband to the hilt about his many “bimbo eruptions.” There was nothing bigoted about her joke in 2004 that Gandhi “ran a gas station down in St. Louis,” or the problematic comments she and her husband made when she was running against Obama, or the laugh she shared with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio about “Colored People’s Time.” She just doesn’t care about anyone but herself.
So people, say whatever you want about Trump. It is a free country, after all.
Just recognize that your high horses might very well look a lot like donkeys… or, worse yet, Trojan-esque. Who knows what treachery you’re really welcoming in.